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Helmut Newton: White Women Hardcover – March 15, 2010

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White Women was and still is the legendary first book by Helmut Newton, published in 1976. His inimitable blend of aestheticism, technical perfection and luxurious upper-middle-class decadence is today just as appealing and controversial as it was thirty-three years ago. White Women is a delicacy in visual erotic literature that connoisseurs and people in the know still consider to be Newton's best book ever.

About the Author

HELMUT NEWTON was
born in Berlin in 1920
and died in Hollywood
in 2004. He began his
career at the age of 16,
working for famous
Berlin photographer
Yva. As an 18-year-old,
he emigrated to Australia,
returning to Europe
in 1957 to settle in
Paris. As of the 1980s
he lived in both Monte
Carlo and Los Angeles.
The first of his countless
solo exhibitions took
place in Paris in 1975.
Awards for his oeuvre
included the German
Große Bundesverdienstkreuz,
the French Grand
Prix national de la
photographie, and the
World Image Award.
PHILIPPE GARNER is a
Director of Christie s,
and their International
Head in his specialist
areas photographs and
20th-century decorative
arts and design. He has
published monographs
and essays on numerous
photographers including
Cecil Beaton, Richard
Avedon et al.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Schirmer/Mosel; 7th Printing edition (March 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3829604424
  • ISBN-13: 978-3829604420
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.5 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,413,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Before reviewing this book, let me point out that it contains much female nudity in sexual situations that are sometimes on the hard side of what would be rated "R" in a motion picture.
This book is a reissue of Helmut Newton's first book from the 1970s. The shock value of that work continues in this very well produced volume with images of high reproduction quality featuring carefully posed compositions involving sumptuous fashion and beautiful models.
The introduction captures the spirit of the book. "It is the visual inventiveness that make the images memorable." Newton peels away respectability from the outer aura of powerful, well-dressed women to show their carnal natures. For example, in one of the first images, he shows a woman wearing a beautiful dress, who is perfectly coiffed. But the dress is totally see-through. She wears it as though it is totally opaque.
He expresses these personal visions in his own language in brief paragraphs and through the visual images that often suggest a taste for some "rough sexual trade" through the use of props and body positions.
The settings in the book are mostly at the Villa D'Este on Lake Como in northern Italy, in or around swimming pools on the French Riviera, in powerful cars and limousines, on public streets and in public places, and in hotel rooms and bedrooms.
The photographs are all reproduced here in large size with virtually flawless technical details of composition, lighting, and exposure. I have seen many of these images reproduced elsewhere (including the recent retrospective, Helmut Newton Work), but not as well as they are done here.
Through the combination of the text, notes, and large size photographs, you can appreciate more of his subtle work here than elsewhere.
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I do a lot of glamour photography, and I have a pretty good collection of "inspiration" books. I've put a lot of thought and effort into it. Purchased and returned many; kept the few that are great. This is one of the great ones. It is very oversize and made of high quality material. The photographs are no less than inspiring. Beautiful women, no question about it. And, the best part is that Newton's thoughts on the images and why/how he took them the way he did are included. What a great reference for a photographer, to learn from the master. Very highly recommended. P.S. I have not seen any of the other Newton books. All I know is that they are expensive!
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The late Helmut Newton, who died in a car crash this year, was a premier fashion photographer whose blatantly sexual images graced the pages of glossy fashion magazines around the world. Newton's sexually charged pictures were laden with beautiful women caught in dangerous situations. He was the master of the "fashion narrative", meaning Newton's photographs usually told a dark story, leaving much to the imagination, unlike today's lensmen who simply shoot models against white backgrounds. Every single element in a Newton photograph was part of a story, from the half-filled glass of whiskey to the newspaper folded neatly on the table to the man in dark shades standing in the background. Viewers were invited to peek into the world of Newton's naughty aristocrats, wondering just what the next frame would reveal. The reference to "White Women" in the title was not racist. Newton has often said that he found pale, cold skin alluring, even using certain filters to get this effect. Over the course of his career, Helmut Newton has photographed Iman, Naomi Campell, Grace Jones and many other women of color. I think it's sad indeed that people choose to use every oppurtunity to factor race into something as simple as a book title. I am black and won't let the title "White Women" deter me from enjoying this great photographer's work.
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When I ordered this book I had a feeling that it would be good, but I didn't know it would be REALLY GOOD. Sharp pictures that are composed very well with gorgeous models. This book was published in the seventies, but has a very current feeling to it . A must for anyone that collects erotic photo essays.
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Features a collection of one hundred pages of full-size photos (B/W and color) of mostly woman in various stages of undress. Includes comments by the author that share insight into his picture taking decisions. All natural. Can be requested from the library.
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Anytime you can add a Helmut Newton book to you collection please do it! I had wanted this book since it first came out and am sorry that it took me so long to purchase it. The imagery is stunning and thought provoking as only Helmut Newton can provide.
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